Today on Team Wild TV Ian Harford is with Chris Gale in Cornwall, UK and they’re Roebuck stalking. Roebuck Stalking during a warm British summer’s morning in Cornwall offers picturesque views and is a dream for any avid outdoorsman and outdoorswomen who are looking to take a Roebuck of a lifetime.
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Chris is a professional stalker with an intimate knowledge where his deer are and their likely movements. Cornwall is a fantastic place for deer to thrive, with plenty of nutrient dense vegetation for them to consume throughout the summer and winter.
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This package offers great versatility for both woodland stalking and taking longer shots across the broad valley and moorland. It’s not long for Ian and Chris to spot their first deer. A Doe and kid are grazing in a nearby field. This isn’t what Ian and Chris are looking for, but it’s still great to see there are deer out feeding.
As Ian is admiring these beautiful deer, Chris quickly spots another doe behind them on the brow of the hill.
There is also a buck following closely behind. They observe for a moment but decide to leave this buck because it’s an adolescent and today we’re in search of mature bucks. They then move further down the valley.
Scanning the hillside.
Ian uses this Pulsar XQ38 thermal imager to scan thicker parts of the valley. These paired with the Hawke Frontier EDX 8×42 make for the perfect deer stalking optical systems.
Ian spots a deer on the other side of the valley. It’s a young buck that is limping down the other side of the valley. Their focus now shifts to quickly dispatch this injured deer.
They observe for a moment whilst they formulate a plan. Spotting that the deer is heading down the valley, they begin to follow suit. They eventually reach the valley bottom and begin to head closer to where they think the deer will be.
The terrain becomes thicker and thus spotting becomes more difficult along with remaining silent. Unfortunately, they are unable to identify where the buck has gone.
As they head back up the valley they are greeted with another sighting of deer. There is certainly a healthy population of deer here.
Later that afternoon…
After some well needed sleep from the morning’s stalk, they head back out for the afternoon in search of roebuck.
Chris spends a huge amount of time carrying out reconnaissance on the land, ensuring he knows the hot spots for deer activity.
It doesn’t take Ian and Chris long to spot their first deer of the afternoon. Another doe across the valley, but no sign of a roebuck.
After a brief period, they spot another roe doe and kid enjoying the shade from a hot summers day. Even on a bright sunny day like this, Ian is able to scan the darker areas of the valley.
Even though Ian has spotted plenty of deer, they have seen no bucks that are suitable to take. Chris recommends they move to another area in which he thinks they will be more successful.
They relocate and decide to sit with their backs against the hedgerow in the hope of a roebuck coming out to graze on the field. They have a good field of view and they key here is patience.
Again, unfortunately, they have no luck at seeing any mature roebucks and move swiftly on.
Ian and Chris use woodland as a backdrop to mask them as they stalk along the edge of the field. The light is drawing in and time is running out.
One for the cull sheet.
Chris spots a buck and a doe on the brow of the hill, now although this isn’t a mature 6 point roebuck. Chris asks Ian to take the buck as it is considerably smaller than it should be. This one is for the cull sheet.
Ian quickly sets the magnification on his Hawke Frontier 2.5-15×50 riflescope and gets set on the shooting sticks.
Ian uses his Endurance LRF 1500 range finder to ensure he has the most accurate range information to take the most advantageous shot.
The buck is stood broadside and offers the perfect opportunity for Ian to take a shot.
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